Publication date: January 19th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Lucius Vinemont has spirited me away to a world of sugar cane and sun. There is nothing he cannot give me on his lavish Cuban plantation. Each gift seduces me, each touch seals my fate. There is no more talk of depraved competitions or his older brother – the one who’d stolen me, claimed me, and made me feel things I never should have. Even as Lucius works to make me forget Sinclair, my thoughts stray back to him, to the dark blue eyes that haunt my sweetest dreams and bitterest nightmares. Just like every dream, this one must end. Christmas will soon be here, and with it, the second trial of the Acquisition.
EXCERPT:“Off.” He growled and gripped one side, yanking the shirt apart, buttons bouncing off the hardwood floors as he pulled the shirt roughly down my arms and tossed it.
“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” His body was hot, alive, and hard at my back. I couldn’t stay here. Not with him. Not in this bed like we were lovers, like we were two people who could seek solace from each other. We weren’t. We never could be those people. “Stop!”
He caged me, my struggles nothing to him even in his weakened state. “You aren’t leaving this bed. Get used to it. Don’t fucking try anything.”
I stopped fighting. There was no point. I would just have to wait until he fell asleep.
“You’re mine, Stella.” He tightened his grip with each word. “I don’t care where you run, who you choose, what you say, or what you fucking do. You, all of you, belongs to me.”
“I’m not a thing you can own,” I hissed.
He laughed, the sound low and full of heat. “You can hop countries like a skipping stone for all I care. I’ll find you, and you’ll wind up right where you are now.”
Author Bio:Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.
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At the end of Counsellor, we see our Acquisition changing hands. Stella thinks Lucius can save her, that she would be safe in his hands. But little does she know, that Lucius, will harm her and walk away without a backward thought. While Sinclair lurks in the background, waiting and silently staking his claim. Stellar may be the means to winning the Acquisition, bearing the savagery of a secret aristocratic society, all in the race for supremacy. But, she is the one woman that softens his heart. His cruelty towards her is the only way to remain strong and objective in order to win.
Suffice to say, Celia Aaron takes us on an in depth journey into the Christmas Trials. The second trial of the Acquisition games. One that will make you gasp in horror, while praying for mercy. Crying because of the pain and sorrow, that the loser will have to bear because of the seven rules.
While Stella nervously awaits the Christmas trials. The one trial that a former Acquisition mentioned was most brutal and takes hold of a person's most savage inner beast. And unleashes it upon the sacrificial lamb. Her fight was tantamount to a raging bull. I have no idea how she did it. But Stellar fought every step of the way. She truly proved Sinclair right, when he said she would be the Vinemonts victor.
I loved that even though this book shared the spotlight with Lucius, Sinclair was there every step of the way. His strategies played a prominent part of the story and proved that he was right. He was the only one who had the strength to carry the family's burden.
Vinemont thought he needed to break Stellar to win. To treat her as those same monsters, he had to become a monster himself. He was wrong.
Stellar's own plans to turn Lucius against Sinclair are foiled when she realizes that the Vinemont brothers are fighting for something greater than her. Someone, that she herself, may just as willingly lay down her life for.
Such another great instalment by Celia Aaron. The characters, were all detailed and well developed. Especially Cal's portrayal, along with Rebecca's loony bin antics. Well heck! Delicious!!! It was dark, animalistic, appalling, and yet, so gratifying.
Can't wait for Sovereign. I need to know what happens, especially after than cliffhanger.
If you're a dark romance lover, that loves an anti-hero, and an enigmatic and mercurial main character. With loads of suspense and depravity. Then you'll love this series. Recommended to be read in order - Counsellor, Magnate and soon Sovereign.
*ARC provided by Celia Aaron for an honest review* Thanks!! so so much. I loved it!